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58-year-old pedestrian killed overnight in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A person has died after being struck by a car overnight in Kansas City.

Police were originally called to the area of Linwood and Indiana just after midnight Saturday on a reported shooting.

At the scene, officers found a victim laying in the road. EMS responded to the scene and declared the victim dead.

However, as officials began to investigate, they determined that the victim, identified only as a black male, had been struck and killed by a car.

A black Chevy Camaro was traveling east on Linwood when it struck the man, who was not in a crosswalk.

Update: On Tuesday, the victim in this incident was identified as 58-year-old Anthony Beatty.

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KCKPD investigating city's first homicide of 2022

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is investigating the city's first homicide of the year.

According to the KCKPD, officers went to the 2600 block of S. 37th St. just before 2:45 a.m. after receiving a call about a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found a man dead inside a residence. He was the victim of apparent gunfire.

The victim was later identified as Roberto Antonio Alani, 41, who lived at the residence.

The KCKPD's Major Case Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

No further information is available at this time.

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KCK police identify, locate individual in connection with kidnapping

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department was looking for an individual in reference to a kidnapping.

Police say the kidnapping happened on Jan. 1, 2022 in the area of 10th Street and Central Avenue.

No additional information about the individual was provided.

On Jan. 10, the KCKPD said that the person they were looking for has been identified and located.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the KCKPD's Detective Bureau at 913-573-6012. The investigation is ongoing.

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1 dead after deep trench collapses in Grain Valley

GRAIN VALLEY, MO (KCTV) -- One person has died after a trench about 10 feet deep collapsed in Grain Valley.

It happened in the area of SW Tisha Lane and SW Hillside Drive.

According to Chip Portz, Chief of Community Risk Reduction for the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, they received the call about someone being trapped just before noon.

Abound 25 minutes later, they transitioned to a recovery effort.

As of about 4:25 p.m., crews were about to bring the person's body up.

Crews had to use their hands and a bucket to make sure that they themselves stayed safe while shoring up the sides of the trench.

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is at the scene and conducting an investigation.

The person's name has not yet been released.

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Some Christmas traditions return for families in Kansas City

Some Christmas traditions return for families in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- This time of year means something different for everyone.

With the ongoing pandemic Christmas traditions for some might not be what they once were.

KCTV5's Abby Dodge chatted with families as they took advantage of nice weather as some returned to Christmas traditions of the past.

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KC area man becomes first person in Kansas to receive 3D-printed pelvis

KC area man becomes first person in Kansas to receive 3D-printed pelvis

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- A first of its kind surgery at the University of Kansas Health system is giving a local man a second shot at life. The history making procedure could provide hope for some cancer patients in the metro.

Curt and Alicia Melin just recently moved to Lone Jack, MO from Overland Park, KS. It’s been an adjustment as they learn to take care of their new 5 acres of land.

“We moved out here in October of last year,” Curt said. “He’s built a chicken house…there’s nothing he can’t do. Or won’t try,” Alicia added.

But it’s been an even bigger adjustment as Curt learns how to do it all -- with his new 3D-printed titanium pelvis.

“Really it’s a new lease on life,” Curt explained. “It’s a very rare cancer. Less than 4 percent of people that have cancer.”

A soccer coach for 10 years in Blue Valley, Curt became concerned with pain that would flare up on the field. After visiting a doctor, he learned he had chondrosarcoma of his pelvis and hip.

“So the option was basically they take off your leg or take off your leg…and neither option wasn’t acceptable to me…the response to that was there’s got to be something else.”

As a father of five and an active guy, Curt refused to lose a limb.

That had his doctor, Dr. Kyle Sweeney with the University of Kansas Health, searching high and low for another option to save Curt’s leg and life.

He found that solution in a 3D-printer. Dr. Sweeney made a plan to implant a 3D-prtined partial pelvis into curt. He would meld a CT scan and an MRI together using precise imaging.

Such a surgery had never been done before in the state of Kansas.

“I immediately jumped on it and I said, well if it’s the first one that KU ever did I’ll be your guy,” Curt told KCTV5.

“It sounded crazy, but it was neat to watch,” Alicia explained.

It was a big that came with a big reward. Curt is officially the first patient in Kansas to receive a 3D-printed pelvis. He can now walk using a crutch.

“That is a really fantastic feeling, Dr. Sweeney said. “It’s absolutely incredible what you can do with it…cause if you can imagine it you can 3D print it…and if you can image it…you can recreate anatomy that’s specific to an individual.”

Such advancements will only become more common in the future. There are options now with technology,” Curt added. “It was the best case scenario….very very grateful for that.”

Curt’s goal this next year is to graduate from a crutch to a cane.

Dr. Sweeney said this is a great example of the future of medicine.

While Curt had to wait a weeks for a company to make his 3D pelvis and send it to KU Hospital, years from now that might not be the case.

The hope is to have 3D printers right inside hospitals. It would make such surgeries more readily available – and cut down on wait times when patients are in dire need.

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Single car accident on 169 highway leaves one dead

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- One person has died in a car wreck on 169 highway Friday morning.

According to the crash report, a Dodge Caliber was traveling north on 169 highway around 3:45 a.m. when the driver took the exit for Shoal Creek Parkway but lost control. The car struck the guardrail and went off the road, traveling down an embankment and overturning several times.

The drive was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt. He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the car with him.

The driver was later identified as 28-year-old Zachary Ward of Kansas City.

Police are investigating whether or not the driver was impaired.

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Tech giant Oracle buys KC-based Cerner for over $28 billion

Tech giant Oracle buys KC-based Cerner for over $28 billion

Tech giant Oracle announced Monday morning it had reached an agreement to buy Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation for $28.3 billion in equity value.

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KC Unsolved: 4 years later, police still searching for suspects in violent Westport murder of 24-year-old man

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- This month marks four years since a violent Westport murder rocked a local Kansas City family.

Now Kansas City Missouri Police are revisiting the case and talking with KCTV5 about why there’s still no arrest for the killing of Zach Pearce.

KCTV5 also spoke with Zach’s family about what the past four years have been like since their son’s murder.

“Christmas of course it’s special for everyone, but that was one of our unique things,” Joe Pearce, Zach’s father, explained. “My wife kind of goes overboard with the decorating.”

Christmas has always been about celebration for the Pearce family. Their Lee’s Summit home is decked out from room to room.

But for the past four years, Joe Pearce says this time of the year has also become a time of reflection.

“My wife says it brings her closer to Zach…He loved the traditions. A couple years ago we stayed up all night and she bought these ugly pajamas for all of us…these onesies. But we had a ball. We stayed up and played cards…and that was the last Christmas we spent with him,” Pearce said.

On December 3, 2017, Zach was murdered in cold blood. He and a friend were walking home from Westport. They were heading to Zach’s apartment. KCPD told KCTV5 that a car followed them and 2 people jumped out near 40th and Walnut. That’s where the shooting occurred.

“It was a robbery gone bad,” KCPD Detective Chason Crowell explained. He was assigned to the case from day one.

“They were cooperative…they gave them their cell phones and wallets…it should have ended there but it didn’t,” Det. Crowell said. “Zachary was shot and killed.”

“There is no way to explain losing a child…especially in that manner. There’s no way to explain that. Probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life was walk into my wife’s room and tell my wife what just happened. So that was pretty brutal,” Pearce said.

Christmas 2017 was undoubtedly different for the Pearce family.

“That month was just horrific…it was like hell on earth,” Pearce said.

His anger has since turned into frustration. He and his family have struggled with the fact that there have been no arrests and no justice for Zach after four years.

“I miss his brilliance. I miss the political debate. I miss being able to call him if I was struggling with something. He had an insatiable appetite for knowledge,” Pearce said.

Zach’s friends will tell you the same.

“There was a fire in him,” Cameron Cox told KCTV5. “He would have been someone who made lives better.”

“He was like a living encyclopedia,” Chelsey Wendelin added. “The smartest person I’ve ever known."

Sam Vinson, another one of Zach's friends, said she also remembers how funny Zach could be.

“I definitely remember his humor. And he was so good with kids. Chesley and I both have kids and he was ‘Uncle Zach’ to all of them.”

Zach's friends are also forever haunted by that December night in 2017.

“I actually remember hearing gun shots,” Wendelin said.

She didn’t realize it then, but it could have been the shots that took Zach’s life.

The next morning Cameron told her the news.

“He said you should probably sit down and then I knew. They said oh he’s gone,” she told KCTV5.

The suspects were gone just as quick.

“The car just disappeared. The vehicle was never seen again,” Detective Crowell said. Police haven’t been able to find it since.

The suspects took off in a blue 2000 Jeep Liberty with a giant cargo on top and Colorado plates. It was stolen from a home prior to the shooting.

"We see it on the news all the time...cars being dumped in rivers. Unfortunately, in KC, we have giant scrap metal yards where they crush vehicles. It's not uncommon to be crushed dumped in rivers, even burned," he added.

“It appeared to me, the people involved were young juveniles,” Det. Crowell also told KCTV5.

Police desperately need someone to come forward with information about the car or who the potential juveniles were.

“As little as it may seem or if you think it might not be important to us, well every little thing is important,” Det. Crowell explained.

“What was robbed was his future,” Joe Pearce said. “What would he have become? Where would he be right now? What would he be doing? What path would he be going down. I’m sure I’d be proud of him, but I would have loved to experience that.”

This Christmas, Zach’s family and friends are once again hoping for a miracle.

“You just always hold out hope,” Wendelin said.

The family hopes if someone comes forward with information. It will lead to a break in the case.

“I don’t know that it would bring closure, but it would bring some peace maybe that there was justice for Zach and some sort of justice in the world,” Pearce said.

Police also told KCTV5 this was not a typical robbery. Everything the suspects stole ended up being thrown onto nearby streets shortly after Zach was killed.

Fingerprints didn't turn up a match, which means the criminals are not in the system. But if that changes in the future, they could get a hit.

Police say because of the way this crime happened, the shooting may have even been accidental. Detective Crowell said the juveniles may not have known how to use the gun and accidently fired; or they may have fired the gun out of panic because they were so young.

If you know anything call Crimestoppers. The number is 816-474-TIPS.

The reward for information that leads to arrest and/or filing of charges could be eligible for up to a $25,500 reward. All information is anonymous.

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KCTV5 News Update: December 7, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: December 7, 2021

Governor Parson is proposing raises for state employees

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Bob Dole, giant of the Senate and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, dies

Bob Dole, giant of the Senate and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, dies

Political leaders and officials around the country are beginning to share their condolences in the wake of former Kansas Senator Bob Dole's death.

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FORECAST: Low 50s for the Sporting KC match Sunday afternoon

FORECAST: Low 50s for the Sporting KC match Sunday afternoon

Today we're starting off in the mid-30s but will warm up to near 52° with sunshine and a few clouds by afternoon. Winds shift from the north to the south by this evening, setting the stage for a warm day tomorrow, in the mid- to upper-60s! For this time of year, our afternoon high is typically around 48°. Above average temperatures and dry conditions continue for the forthcoming week.

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KCTV5 News Update: November 28, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: November 28, 2021

Police have identified the victim of a shooting at 43rd and Cleveland

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Man killed in confrontation with KCK police was former detective fired by the department last year

Man killed in confrontation with KCK police was former detective fired by the department last year

The man killed in a police-involved shooting Monday in Kansas City, KS, was a detective with the KCK Police Department who was fired last year, police revealed on Tuesday.

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Kansas jumps the feds, offering COVID boosters to all adults

KANSAS (KCTV) -- While federal health officials weigh whether to approve COVID-19 vaccine booster availability to all adults, the Kansas governor announced Wednesday morning that the state is making boosters available to everyone over 18.

The FDA is set to decide this week whether to approve boosters for all adults. That decision is expected in the next couple of days, after which the CDC could give final approval before the weekend.

But some states aren't waiting for federal approval, including Kansas. Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday morning that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is approving all adults to be eligible for a booster shot.

Up to this point, only those fulfilling several criteria were allowed a booster, including immunocompromised people, people with serious health issues, and those whose jobs put them in constant close contact.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective, and the best way to keep our communities protected from this virus,” Kelly said in a statement. “Expanding access to booster shots will help us put an end to this deadly pandemic. Whether you are considering your first shot or signing up for a booster, I urge everyone to get the facts and get vaccinated.”

The statement goes on:

All Kansans who meet the below criteria are now eligible and encouraged to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:The patient is at least 18 years old and has met the 6-month time period following the primary vaccination series for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or it has been at least 2 months since their Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine.The patient’s assessment of risk exposure may include, but is not limited to, those who work with the public or live with someone who works with the public, live or work with someone at high risk of severe impact of COVID, live in geographic areas that have been heavily impacted by COVID, reside in <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/yb1CCYEZEqT34R0RQTYsnJM?domain=lnks.gd">high transmission areas</a>, live in congregate setting, experience social inequity or other risk conditions as assessed by the individual. Currently, there is a high risk of community transmission in all Kansas counties. Vaccine providers should allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure.“As we move into the winter months, Kansans will increasingly be indoors, putting themselves at greater risk of contracting the virus,” said Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “Allowing Kansans to self-determine their risk of exposure to COVID-19 ensures that every tool is available to protect themselves and reduce the possibility of a winter COVID-19 surge.”Available data right now show that all three of the <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/dK7gCERyRWsWNrArmupZ6ii?domain=gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com">COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States</a> continue to be <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/FLpGCG6A6WhJQxyxmHQjnuL?domain=gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com">highly effective</a> in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/S8gICJ616Wh8DG4GRivtT6r?domain=gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com">Delta variant</a>. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging. To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic visit <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/5itzCZ6g6rhMpZmZEI8qGL_?domain=lnks.gd">Vaccines.gov</a>.

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Retired KCPD Sgt testifies witness shared a moniker close to Strickland’s nickname at scene

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A retired KCPD Sgt was part of a street task force which shifted around Kansas City in 1979.

Larry Gilmer took the stand to testify about what he heard the night of the triple murder which should have left Cynthia Douglas dead.

Douglas survived and was bleeding when Gilmer arrived at the house she crawled to for help.

“She had some type of compress up against I believe her left knee. there was blood coming from her knee. there was blood running down on the floor and she was sobbing and obviously in a lot of pain,” Gilmer said

Gilmer testified to went to a nearby house where 3 people had been executed. He spent between 10-15 minutes at that location before returning to Douglas to see if she could provide any clues.

Lawyer: Did you talk with the woman a second time?

Gilmer: Yes

Lawyer: Why did you do that?

Gilmer: I wanted to know if I could obtain any suspect information.

Lawyer: What did you say to the woman?

Gilmer I asked her who shot her and who shot the other people.

Lawyer: What did she tell you?

Gilmer: She gave me three names—she gave me a moniker. I understood her to say “Naudi”like N-A-U-D-I, N-A-U-T-I I asked her a second time and I heard the same, I heard…the room was very crowded still, and that’s what I understood her to say. She also gave me the names of a Vincent Bell and a Kilm Atkins.

Lawyers supporting Strickland questioned how clear the retired sergeant could be 43 years later pointing to inconsistencies.

Gilmer says that night stands out in him mind only second to when a fellow officer was shot and killed.

He repeated numerous times on the stand that Cynthia Douglas gave him that nickname which eventually led to Strickland who went by “Nardi.” Nardi is short for Strickland’s middle name, Bernard.

Attorneys for Strickland point out the house where was crowded and chaotic. They also point out Gilmer left Douglas for at least 10 minutes.

They believe others at the scene suggested Strickland and Cynthia Richardson did not organically identify Strickland as the gunman.

Richardson is now dead. Her loved ones have testified she regretted her identification of Kevin Strickland and tried to help him before her death.

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Bomb squad called in after Rich Hill employee finds military-grade mortar

Bomb squad called in after Rich Hill employee finds military-grade mortar

A bomb squad had to be called in after an employee found a military-grade mortar in a city building in Rich Hill. The loud explosion residents heard later on was it being detonated safely.

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Day 1: Prosecutors begin presenting their case against Eric DeValkenaere in trial

Day 1: Prosecutors begin presenting their case against Eric DeValkenaere in trial

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -– Police helicopter video, dash camera video and police witnesses were the focus of the first day of trial for a Kansas City police detective charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for the death of Cameron Lamb.

Officer Eric DeValkenaere shot Cameron Lamb on Dec. 3, 2019. A judge will decide if DeValkenaere is guilty or innocent of the charges he is facing.

On Monday, both the state and defense attorneys made their opening statements. Then prosecutors began presenting their case.

Prosecutors say DeValkenaere was reckless and entered the property where Lamb was living without consent or a warrant. They suggested that the gun found near Lamb was possibly planted or staged and that ammunition may have been planted in his pocket.

Prosecutors say an officer on scene did not hear the gun drop. The state argued another officer did not see the gun when they arrived on scene.

“If a police officer unlawfully enters onto private property without probable cause or a warrant and then without just cause shoots the resident of that private property in their own driveway causing death, that police officer is guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action,” assistant prosecuting attorney Tim Dollar said.

DeValkenaere’s defense disputes that any evidence was planted and said the witness testimony used to make that claim has changed.

“Testimony regarding this gun has transformed itself to fit a very specific theory that the state will be arguing,” defense attorney Molly Hastings said. “Roberta’s testimony is not consistent, it is not credible, and it is not coincidence that it has been manipulated in the eleventh hour.”

Prosecutors questioned police officers who took the stand about what they described as inconsistent testimony from previous depositions compared to statements made in court Monday.

DeValkenaere’s defense attorneys say he began investigating Lamb because other officers saw Lamb chasing another vehicle at an estimated 60-90 mph that belonged to an on again off again girlfriend. Prosecutors argued that no 911 call had been made and Lamb had stopped following the vehicle and returned home before he was shot. They played video of Lamb backing into the driveway and garage in the courtroom.

The defense argues DeValkenaere shot because Lamb had a gun pointed at another officer and any officer would respond in the same way.

“Eric did not know Cameron Lamb. Eric did not want to have to shoot him and Eric is innocent,” Hastings said. “The evidence in this trial will show you that had it been any officer in Eric’s position it would have been the same outcome.”

“We’ll ask you to find in your verdict what this case you now know is really about. Careful and responsive police officers protect or citizens in their own homes. Careless and irresponsible police officers shoot our citizens in their own homes,” Dollar said.

Around noon Monday, The Urban League of Greater Kansas City and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt held a news conference with members of Cameron Lamb’s family, a friend of George Floyd and relatives of Jacob Blake and Oscar Grant. Members of the group said they stand in solidarity with Lamb’s family and called for justice.

COVID-19 guidelines limited the number of people who could attend the trial to allow for social distancing. Relatives and supporters of Lamb filled one side of the courtroom while DeValkenaere’s relatives and law enforcement filled the other side. KCTV5 News will continue to follow developments throughout the trial.

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US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

U.S. health officials on Tuesday gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opens a major expansion of the nation’s vaccination campaign to children as young as 5.

The Food and Drug Administration already authorized the shots for children ages 5 to 11 — doses just a third of the amount given to teens and adults. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommends who should receive FDA-cleared vaccines.

The announcement by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky came only hours after an advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be opened to the 28 million youngsters in that age group.

The decision marks the first opportunity for Americans under 12 to get the powerful protection of any COVID-19 vaccine.

“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” Walensky said Tuesday night, in a statement.

In remarks earlier in the day, she said while the risk of severe disease and death is lower in young children than adults, it is real — and that COVID-19 has had a profound social, mental health and educational impact on youngsters, including widening disparities in learning.

“There are children in the second grade who have never experienced a normal school year,” Walensky said. “Pediatric vaccination has the power to help us change all of that.”

President Joe Biden called the decision “a turning point."

“It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others," he said in a statement. “It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics welcomed the decision as its members get ready to start the first injections into little arms, which the CDC said could begin “as soon as possible.” The 5- to 11-year-olds will receive two low doses, three weeks apart, of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech -- the same schedule as everyone else, but using a smaller needle.

Pfizer over the weekend began shipping millions of the pediatric shots to states, doctors’ offices and pharmacies — in orange caps, to avoid mix-ups with purple-capped vials of adult vaccine.

Many parents have clamored for vaccine protection for youngsters so they can resume normal childhood activities without risking their own health — or fear bringing the virus home to a more vulnerable family member. But CDC's advisers said they recognize many parents also have questions, and may be fearful of the vaccine because of rampant misinformation.

Members of the advisory panel said they want parents to ask about the shots — and understand that they're far better than gambling that their child will escape a serious coronavirus infection. As for safety, more than 106 million Americans have safely gotten two doses of Pfizer’s full-strength shots — including more than 7 million 12- to 15-year-olds.

“I have vaccinated my kids,” said CDC adviser Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot of Vanderbilt University, saying she wouldn’t recommend something for other families unless she was comfortable with it for her own. “We have seen the devastation of this disease.”

In the U.S., there have been more than 8,300 coronavirus-related hospitalizations of kids ages 5 to 11, about a third requiring intensive care, according to government data. The CDC has recorded at least 94 deaths in that age group, with additional reports under investigation.

And while the U.S. has seen a recent downturn in COVID-19 cases, experts are worried about another uptick with holiday travel and as winter sends more activity indoors where it’s easier for the coronavirus to spread.

Pfizer's study of 2,268 youngsters found the kid-size vaccine is nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 -- based on 16 diagnoses among kids given dummy shots compared to just three who got the real vaccination.

The FDA examined more children, a total of 3,100 who were vaccinated, in concluding the shots are safe. The younger children experienced similar or fewer reactions -- such as sore arms, fever or achiness -- than teens or young adults get after larger doses.

That study wasn’t large enough to detect any extremely rare side effects, such as the heart inflammation that occasionally occurs after the second full-strength dose, mostly in young men and teen boys. Regulators ultimately decided the benefits from vaccination outweigh the potential that younger kids getting a smaller dose also might experience that rare risk.

Some of CDC's advisers said for some parents, deciding to get their children vaccinated may hinge on that small but scary risk.

“The risk of some sort of bad heart involvement is much higher if you get COVID than if you get this vaccine,” Dr. Matthew Oster, a pediatric cardiologist at Emory University, told the panel. “COVID is much riskier to the heart.”

Last week, FDA’s advisers struggled with whether every young child needed a vaccine. Youngsters hospitalized with COVID-19 are more likely to have high-risk conditions such as obesity or diabetes. But otherwise healthy children can get seriously ill, too, and the CDC’s advisers ultimately recommended the shots for all of them — even children who’ve already recovered from a bout of COVID-19.

CDC officials calculated that for every 500,000 youngsters vaccinated, between 18,000 and 58,000 COVID-19 cases — and between 80 and 226 hospitalizations — in that age group would be prevented, depending on the pandemic's trajectory. And CDC officials noted that COVID-19 has caused more deaths in this age group than some other diseases, such as chickenpox, did before children were routinely vaccinated against them.

What about younger children? Pfizer is testing shots for babies and preschoolers and expects data around the end of the year. The similarly made Moderna vaccine also is being studied with young children. But the FDA still hasn't cleared its use in teens, and the company is delaying its application for younger children pending that review.

A few countries have begun using other COVID-19 vaccines in children under 12, including China, which just began vaccinations for 3-year-olds. But many that use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are watching the U.S. decision, and European regulators just began considering the companies’ kid-size doses.


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KCPD investigating homicide near 43rd and Troost

KCPD investigating homicide near 43rd and Troost

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Police are investigating an early morning homicide in Kansas City.

According to officials, the incident happened at E 43rd and Troost just before 3 a.m. when they were called to the area for sounds of shots. When officers arrived, they found multiple shell casings in the street.

A victim was not identified at the scene. However, a short time later, a victim with apparent gunshot wounds arrived by private vehicle to an area hospital where they later died.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Theron Porter.

No other details have been released.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this crime scene to call detective at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $25,000 cash for information leading to an arrest in this case.

KCTV5 has a crew on scene and will update the story as more details are released.

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